|Conyers gets back-to-basics|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 23, 2012
Top volleyball coaches from the United States of America (USA) will be in town to assist with the 8th Annual Jackie Conyers Back-to-Basic Volleyball camp.
The week-long summer camp, which caters to young girls and boys, will start on June 25-29, at the Sir Kendal G.L. Isaacs gymnasium. It is designed to teach the fundamentals of the game through fine tuning the basic skills of bump, set and spike. Conyers, a former member of the women’s national team, is excited about the list of coaches who will be assisting. She is promising a fun filled experience for all participants.
“This year’s list of coaches is top notch and there is no doubt that the campers are getting the best,” Conyers said. “Each year we try to do things differently, add more flare to the camp and bring more excitement to the game so all the campers will learn.
“The camp offers so much. It is a good opportunity for persons who are just starting out and those who have played the game before. We cater to everyone, teaching them the fundamentals and the rules of the game. We stress the importance of discipline, and reasons why they need to maintain it on and off the court. We’ve found that the camp has been a foundation for many players and we look to grow on that.”
Heading the list of coaches, assisting with this year’s camp, is Rita Buck-Crockett and Marrita Royster-Crockett. Both coaches have played professional volleyball. Buck-Crockett, is coming with more than 20 years of coaching experience. She heads the women’s team at Florida International University. The two-time Olympian was inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame class in 2011. Buck-Crockett played in the Olympics in 1980 and 1984. She was nicknamed ‘The Rocket’, after being touted in the 1984 issue of Sports Illustrated as the world’s best athlete.
Royster-Crockett played at Florida State University. She is the assistant coach at a skills camp in Leysin, Switzerland. Royster-Crockett played professionally in Switzerland in 2008-2009. She presently heads the Rita Crockett camps and clinics.
Other coaches, assisting with the camp, includes Bahamian Vanessa Johnson who coaches at a high school in Georgia. Arleen Hughes, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is a member of the Atlanta Volleyball board and is a Georgia State Games women’s A triples gold medalist. Hughes is coming with more than 21-years of playing and officiating experience. Local coaches Glen Rolle and Kurtwood Green will also be on hand.
The camp will run from Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will continue on Monday, at the Sir Kendal GL Isaacs gymnasium.